Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the testers find the Pearl Izumi Elite Road v5's power transfer to be impressive.
  • Several wearers say this road bike shoe feels comfortable.
  • This pair's retention system is such a delight due to its easy-to-adjust features, according to some users.
  • The Elite Road v5 is lightweight, say a handful of the testers.
  • A few riders applaud this Pearl Izumi shoe's excellent quality.
  • A couple of consumers think this pair is good looking.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of reviewers claim that the cloth glued over the cleat screw came loose in one of the shoes.
  • A commenter says that this shoe irritated her tailor's bunion at first.

Bottom line

The Pearl Izumi Elite Road v5 carries the same bonded unibody construction as the brand's top-end shoes. It also employs a lot of the technologies that trickled down from the PRO leader range. The shoe is lauded for its comfort, stiff soles, and efficient retention system.

The mentioned flaw in quality can be remedied by leaving the insoles in place until after the cleat installation is done. Despite this, the Elite Road v5 has more than enough merits to be a worthwhile cop.

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Good to know

Who is it for? The Pearl Izumi Elite Road v5 is aimed at competitive road cyclists who are after maximum power transfer in their footwear.

What is it for? This Pearl Izumi road shoe is meant for use in professional races. Its features are applied for maximum performance on the bike.

Optimal power transfer. This pair employs the brand's 1:1 Integrated Carbon Power Plate, which yields the stiffest power transfer in Pearl Izumi's index chart. It received a rating of 13 out of 13.

Connected feel. The Elite Road v5 utilizes a unibody construction that helps lower the stack height to a mere 5 mm. This offers excellent pedal feel and connectivity, enhancing overall power transfer. It also eliminates unnecessary materials, further making the shoe light.

Longevity. Replaceable heel bumpers help lengthen the shoe's lifespan as the traction can be renewed whenever needed.

Breathability. Ventilation pockets are placed in the outsole to promote excellent airflow.

The Elite Road v5 by Pearl Izumi employs a three-bolt cleat system. It is SPD-SL compatible and pairs well with the following road Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max, Time XPro 10 and Shimano PD-R7000.

Markings are placed in the cleat area to serve as a guide in precise cleat positioning.

Comfort. This road bike shoe features Pearl Izumi's Advanced 3-layer Seamless Composite upper construction. It offers breathability and prevents hots spots.

Lockdown. This pair's closure is governed by a single BOA IP1 dial and a micro-Velcro strap. The strap cinches down the forefoot area, while the IP1 dial is responsible for the midfoot and topmost part of the foot.

The BOA IP1 dial allows tightening and loosening in 1mm increments as well as an instant full release.

It is always a good idea to learn about the care and maintenance of your gears. For the sustenance and longevity of the Pearl Izumi Elite Road v5, read on.

  • First, put a paper inside the shoe to absorb any moisture during the cleaning process and help maintain the shoe's shape.
  • Get a damp sponge and thoroughly clean the areas that have mud or dirt.
  • Scrub the outsole with a soft brush when needed to keep it nice and fresh.
  • After the cleaning, air-dry the shoe at room temperature.
  • Do not machine wash your pair.
  • Extreme and direct heat can damage your shoes.


How Pearl Izumi Elite Road v5 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 16% road cycling shoes
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Bottom 15% Pearl Izumi cycling shoes
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